Of course we care about your academic results. In fact, given the importance of the written word for lawyers, we cannot consider any applications from students who earn below 60% in either Dzongkha or English in their class 12 exams. As for the rest of your grades– yes, we will consider them as well. But we do not have qualifying minimum percentage marks that we will insist upon for those grades. If you are a genius at maths but rusty in history, we will still consider you– just the same as if you were an ace at history but a dud in science.
But your high school grades/marks are not the only thing we consider in our application process.
We care as much or more about the skills you have that will make you successful as a lawyer (such as your ability to think logically, your problem-solving skills, your fluency with the written word, and your ability to critically analyze an argument and — when appropriate — respond with a counter-argument of your own).
You may have honed some of these skills at school–or in your private life outside of school–but they will not be prominently reflected in your class 12 marks. For this reason, we have designed our own JSW Law entrance examination that will test you on precisely these skills. Moreover, we weight the score you get on our entrance examination at 1½ times the weight we assign to your class 12 marks!
Once we have made a first cut of our applicant pool based on these two “numbers” (your class 12 marks and your score on our entrance examination), we next want to find out more about who you are as a person. Since no one examination can ever capture that, we will invite all of our final candidates to our office (in Taba, Thimphu) for an in-person interview with JSW Law faculty. During that interview, we will want to know what motivates you to become a lawyer as opposed to some other profession? What makes you excited about this career? What are your phobias? What kind of law might you one-day hope to practice?
As we like to say, the legal profession is more than “just a job,” and we wish to create a healthy community of colleagues even before you graduate JSW Law to become lawyers. For this reason, we will rank this in-person interview almost as highly as we do your class grade 12 scores.